09 632 1138 info@iwh.co.nz
Planning your OE?  Welcome to International Working Holidays
 
 
 

My incredible journey with IWH

My incredible journey with IWH

Author -  Nicola Phillips

Two years ago, I made the best decision I possibly could have and contacted International Working Holidays about going overseas. 

I had finished high school and was in between jobs I didn’t enjoy, so I knew it was time for a change. I’ve been so passionate about animals my whole life, but I had no idea where to even begin. After many, lengthy phone conversations with Shelby from IWH, we put together a plan that would soon change my life.

I landed the last spot in a Wildlife Vet experience in Namibia in October 2017. With this incredible opportunity in sight, I packed my bags and headed abroad for 6 months, starting in New York to participate in Camp America (which I've since returned to twice).

When I arrived at Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, I instantly knew a piece of my heart would be left there when I travelled back home. The experiences and opportunities I was given at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary are irreplaceable. 

Never did I believe that I would be performing and assisting with surgeries, assisting with a giraffe capture and relocation, or caring for baby orphaned animals such as baboons and zebras overnight. 

Nicola and Zebra.jpg
After spending those months in Namibia (extending and returning in 2018) I was 100% sure that my career path would be Conservation. I grew so passionate about seeing wildlife thrive in their own wild habitats, and I knew I had to do something to help and preserve the declining wildlife population all over the world.

I decided to take a chance and apply for a university in Melbourne, Australia to study Environmental Science with Wildlife Conservation and Biology. I wrote an extensive application highlighting all the conservation work I did in Namibia through IWH. I received reference letters from the head vet at Naankuse and also one of the wildlife coordinators.
Applications were analysed based on previous university degrees (which I did not have), so I had to hope they would take me based on my volunteer work and work experience in that particular field. 

They must have been impressed with my volunteering history because I was accepted to study the degree starting in 2019.
I would never be where I am today without the incredible opportunities I was given by the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary and International Working Holidays. 

That decision I made in 2017 changed my life and set me on the path to becoming a wildlife conservationist.

Nicola Phillips

Find out More

Fill out my online form.

My incredible journey with IWH

They must have been impressed with my volunteering history because I was accepted to study the degree starting in 2019. I would never be where I am today without the incredible opportunities I was given by the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary and International Working Holidays. That decision I made in 2017 changed my life and set me on the path to becoming a wildlife conservationist.

Two years ago, I made the best decision I possibly could have and contacted International Working Holidays about going overseas. 

I had finished high school and was in between jobs I didn’t enjoy, so I knew it was time for a change. I’ve been so passionate about animals my whole life, but I had no idea where to even begin. After many, lengthy phone conversations with Shelby from IWH, we put together a plan that would soon change my life.

I landed the last spot in a Wildlife Vet experience in Namibia in October 2017. With this incredible opportunity in sight, I packed my bags and headed abroad for 6 months, starting in New York to participate in Camp America (which I've since returned to twice).

When I arrived at Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, I instantly knew a piece of my heart would be left there when I travelled back home. The experiences and opportunities I was given at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary are irreplaceable. 

Never did I believe that I would be performing and assisting with surgeries, assisting with a giraffe capture and relocation, or caring for baby orphaned animals such as baboons and zebras overnight. 

Nicola and Zebra.jpg
After spending those months in Namibia (extending and returning in 2018) I was 100% sure that my career path would be Conservation. I grew so passionate about seeing wildlife thrive in their own wild habitats, and I knew I had to do something to help and preserve the declining wildlife population all over the world.

I decided to take a chance and apply for a university in Melbourne, Australia to study Environmental Science with Wildlife Conservation and Biology. I wrote an extensive application highlighting all the conservation work I did in Namibia through IWH. I received reference letters from the head vet at Naankuse and also one of the wildlife coordinators.
Applications were analysed based on previous university degrees (which I did not have), so I had to hope they would take me based on my volunteer work and work experience in that particular field. 

They must have been impressed with my volunteering history because I was accepted to study the degree starting in 2019.
I would never be where I am today without the incredible opportunities I was given by the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary and International Working Holidays. 

That decision I made in 2017 changed my life and set me on the path to becoming a wildlife conservationist.

Nicola Phillips

Find out More

Fill out my online form.
My incredible journey with IWH

Related Articles

My incredible journey with IWH

My incredible journey with IWH

Date:Tuesday, 26 March 2019

They must have been impressed with my volunteering history because I was accepted to study the degree starting in 2019.
I would never be where I am today without the incredible opportunities I was ...

Wild Dog babies are just too adorable

Wild Dog babies are just too adorable

Date:Monday, 18 March 2019

These adorable baby wild dogs came to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary as pups, siblings Nadia and Jaco rescued from a situation of conflict in the Mangetti area of Namibia’s north-east. They were ...

How to apply for a UK Visa

How to apply for a UK Visa

Date:Saturday, 16 February 2019

Trying to apply for a UK Visa can be a nightmare at the best of times. There's never anyone to answer your questions and you never actually know if you are doing it correctly or not. It's a bit like ...

 
 
 
We'll find you the perfect job overseas.
 
Copyright © 2001 - Nannies Abroad Limited trading as International Working Holidays. All rights reserved  |  Website Design by Labyrinth Solutions  |  Content Management by Contegro
International Working Holidays™, International Working Holidays Logo, Nannies Abroad™ and Nannies Abroad Logo are trade marks of Nannies Abroad Limited trading as International Working Holidays.